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Best way to import Avid MXF to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing natively on Mac

Q1: The mxf files generated by Avid were not able to be read by Final Cut Pro. I just spend an hour or so trying to import some Avid MXF files after installing the new Calibrated MXF demo, but I couldn’t get anywhere. I notice that they say they can only open Avid v3.1 mxf files. I guess that’s my problem, some of my mxf files are older. Any plans to add broader Avid support?
Q2: I’m trying to convert .MXF files and they are exported from my Avid, but there is no file structure. I’ve tried downloading lots of codecs, 3rd party Quicktime programs but nothing seems to read them. Any help you could give me would be brilliant.
Q3: I have AVID MXF files that I would like to import into FCP. Any ideas other than spending $500. for the MXF Import program. I tried the Sony EX Transfer software but that wouldn’t do it. I don’t have access to an AVID to export quicktimes.

As you see, many folks are talking about how to import Avid MXF files into Final Cut Pro for editing natively. The thing is, even the lastest FCP X does not work with the Avid MXF codec.


In fact, MXF is used natively by Avid applications to store video and audio “essence” with associated metadata. It has also become the preferred file format for interchange of media files between Avid solutions and products developed by other vendors. Well, the original MXF files is from Avid, to ingest Avid Media Composer generated MXF media-container to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing smoothly, the easy workaround is to transcode Avid MXF footage to ProRes MOV format, which is natively supported by FCP.
And what’s more, as many MXF footage are recored with more than two audio channels, for people who want to edit them in FCP 6/7/X, is there anyway to keep all the multiple audio/video track separately as original?
Big Yes! Of course! MXF Converter for Mac can help you to get it done. With it you are allowed to preserve all or any audio tracks for output Prores .MOV and mix the multiple audio tracks into one if you need. Below are some useful tips for you and you will know how to import Avid MXF to Final Cut Pro on Mac with multi audio channels.

1. Transfer mxf footage from Avid MC to your Mac at first; get this multi-track MXF to FCP Converter installed.
Now follow the top left two icons to load individual mxf or in batch.

2. Click “Format” and choose FinaL Cut Pro> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as the most compatible codec for FCP editing.

3. Click “Settings” to free select needed video/audio tracks.
Check the tracks you need and left others unchecked, thus you can get Multi-track MOV with your needed audio streams. Note there’s a mix into one track icon on the bottom, it will combine all your checked audio tracks into single one.

With this MXF Converter for Mac program, you can also add some personal subtitles in it like this which makes the play backing much easier:

4. Click the red “Convert” to start converting Avid MXF to multi-track Apple Prores MOV for editing on Mac.
Wait for a while to get this fresh hot multiple audio track ProRes MOV for FCP editing on Mac.


January 6, 2014 This post was written by Categories: Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro 5Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro 6Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro 7Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro XMXF Video Converter for Mac Tagged with:
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